Comment on Raising the Stoltzfus Barn, Horse-and-buggy Mennonites, and a 6th NY Amish funeral by Ellie.
Welcome back to the (very hot) States, Erik thanks for posting the address for the Amish Relief fund, as well as for all the interesting information. The house looks like one I remember seeing when I was “into” researching my family’s genealogy about 10 years ago, but as far as I remember, my only link to Amish was a Beiler who married a Fisher, whose children all left the Amish long ago! Now I’ll have to double check that. There is a group of Old Order German Baptists ( if I have the name right ) near me, who still use horses & buggies. A teenage boy was killed in an accident on his way home from Wal-Mart a few months ago – so sad! To think, in the accident you described, 13 orphaned children! Definitely a tragedy. The sheer number of those attending the funeral is hard to imagine – I’ve read that sometimes a funeral is held in 2 adjacent locations when there are a lot of attendees (eg, one service in a home, one in a barn) — does this really happen? Hope you had a nice weekend back on this side of the Atlantic!